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Get Started with Verkada Air Quality Sensors
Get Started with Verkada Air Quality Sensors

Learn how to set up the Verkada Air Quality Sensor product suite

Updated over a week ago

Verkada Air Quality Sensors offer a wide selection of different sensor readings. The next-generation sensors apart of the SV20 series feature performance improvements and application-specific designs.

⚠️ Warning. The Verkada sensors are not life safety devices and do not satisfy the requirements to be used as emergency smoke or carbon monoxide detectors.

Before you begin

To begin your journey with Verkada's sensors, you need to add a device (in this case, your Verkada sensor) to your Verkada Command account.

The sensor begins working immediately after it's claimed and plugged in, but you may want to tweak the settings. Before you do that, read Verkada Air Quality Sensors Settings Explained.

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Best-Used Locations

A lightweight, general-purpose air quality monitoring device for room-to-room monitoring of temperature, CO2, and humidity.

Refrigerators, freezers, IDFs, classrooms, or office spaces

The new standard for targeted air quality monitoring, environmental monitoring, and vape detection. The SV23 is the next generation of the SV11 that features CO2 monitoring.

Bathrooms, locker rooms, hotel rooms, or general spaces where more insight into air quality is needed

The SV25 features premiere performance (including everything from SV23) and provides:

Application-specific monitoring and hazardous air quality insights

First-generation device for air quality monitoring with a wide range of applications. Includes sensors for monitoring Vape Index, temperature, humidity, air quality, noise level, TVOC, PM2.5, PM4, PM 10, and motion.

Air quality monitoring

Use cases

Use Case


Vape Index

Provide actionable data to detect the use of electronic cigarettes.



Monitor temperature and humidity in intermediate distribution frame (IDF) closets, server rooms, data centers, and other areas with sensitive equipment or supplies.




Monitor performance of air conditioning and air filtration systems with proactive alerting from temperature, humidity, PM2.5, and TVOC sensors.



Provide insights into potentially hazardous air quality conditions within a workplace or facility.

Motion &

Noise Levels

Monitor motion/occupancy and noise levels to detect activity or disturbances in areas where cameras are not tolerated.

Examples: private spaces, conference rooms, hotel rooms, managed properties, bathrooms, changing rooms, locker rooms, hospital rooms, and so on.

How vaping works

⚠️ Important ⚠️

  • The Vape Index measures air quality events indicative of vaping and smoking, but cannot provide 100% proof of a vaping incident. School security and administrative teams should use the Vape Index and Verkada camera integration to help with investigations and monitor vaping activity and patterns, but use searches for physical evidence as the basis for further disciplinary/legal actions.

  • Common bathroom aerosols should not trigger the Vape Index, however; it’s possible that certain smoke or cooking fumes can be identified as a vape event. In practice, this is rare in typical school environments.

  • Vape detection performance will be degraded in detecting vaping/smoking incidents if a person uses significant efforts to hide the activity, such as exhaling into a closed container, out of a window, etc. However, the more typical behavior of breathing into a shirt or jacket still results in a detected vape event from our testing.

As vaping occurs, users can see spikes in the Vape Index, which measures against a range of different onboard sensors to identify the likelihood of vaping or smoking occurring on a scale of 1 to 100. Administrators can set custom thresholds to receive real-time alerts via SMS and email. When detected, an alert can also be sent to pre-selected faculty members and on-campus security, allowing teams to respond quickly.

Access and view sensor data

The Verkada sensors output data to a graph in Command for quick viewing. See View Sensor Data for examples and explanations about the data you can access from your sensor.

You can access all sensor data from Verkada’s Command platform, where you can see a timeline to give administrators a complete view of when events took place. Additionally, administrators can pair a Verkada camera with any sensor, providing a layer of visual evidence to see exactly what happened. For locations like bathrooms, cameras can be placed outside these private areas, giving administrators a non-invasive way to monitor these incidents.

Note: If there is degraded accuracy at startup, consider these guidelines:

  • For temperature calibration, it typically takes 2–3 hours.

  • It can take up to 5 days for a new device's TVOC sensor to adjust fully to its environment.


What is the range of the sensors?

Verkada sensors can monitor generic air quality metrics for spaces of approximately 1,000 sq ft (92 sq m). The range for the onboard sensors is also dependent on airflow, ventilation, filtration systems, and other variables. Consider this when you choose an installation location for your sensor.

What is the range of the sensors for vape detection?

When mounted on an 8 ft (2.4m) ceiling, the sensors can detect vaping events within a 250 sq ft (23 sq m) area around the sensor (without obstructions or stalls; see how vaping works), approximately an 8 ft (2.4m) radius. Higher ceilings or increased distance from the sensor will decrease detection accuracy as the vape/smoke particles are less likely to reach the sensor in sufficient concentrations. The range for vape detection and other sensors is also dependent on airflow, ventilation, filtration systems, and other variables. In most cases, alert thresholds for all sensors can be adjusted to meet the unique needs of your environment.

Recommendation. For vape detection, put one sensor for every 2 stalls in a bathroom.

What are the installation requirements and considerations?

The sensor installation is application-specific. If you have no specific application in your plan, we recommend that you mount on a low ceiling to provide the best utilization of all features.

  • For CO2 monitoring: We recommend wall mounting at heights around 3–6 ft (.9–1.8m) from the floor will provide the most accurate measurements, due to the density of CO2 compared to fresh air.

  • For air quality monitoring and vape detection: We recommend installing at a height of 8–9 ft (2.4–2.7m), giving no less than 3 ft (.9m) from any walls or ceiling vents for the best performance in measurements. If air quality is not an intended use case, you can mount the device at other heights or orientations. However, this can significantly impact accuracy. For more detailed information about installation and performance, see Recommended Installation Guidelines.

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